Letters West Palm’s golf course in an abysmal state

Jan 31, 2018
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City’s golf course in

an abysmal state

I first played the West Palm Beach Golf Course in the late 1980s. I fell in love with its lovely clubhouse, its extensive history and its challenging design by Dick Wilson. Arnold Palmer actually won a PGA Tour event here.

I may stop playing it, for soon there will be no golf course left.

Four years ago, the clubhouse was unceremoniously torn down (mold and termites, the result of a lack of maintenance, doomed it). The course has not had regular irrigation for over two years. Two of the fairways are basically sand. The new clubhouse, promised four years ago, is not even in the planning stages.

The city of West Palm Beach, which maintains the course, and its mayor, who dislikes golf, are guilty of monumental neglect. The irony is that just a mile away our president golfs each winter weekend with his rich buddies, while his working-class supporters, who can’t afford private course prices, search for grass to place their ball on.

Will West Palm Beach Golf Course simply erode into a dust bowl, or will someone stand up and stop this disgraceful neglect and make the city and its golfers proud of its heritage once again?

BOB BERGER, WEST PALM BEACH

Underprivileged kids’

teachers earn bonuses

Regarding “While some PBC schools give all teachers top marks, others give none” (Jan. 24), about Palm Beach County teacher evaluations:

I have been concerned about the process for many years. I am a retired teacher from a highly rated school. Besides the subjective nature of evaluations, I always thought it was unfair that teachers at highly rated schools received bonuses for their A grades while teachers at schools with lower ratings (in areas with low socioeconomic conditions) did not receive bonus pay.

The students at my school consisted of higher-level students with a low percentage of students who qualified for free and reduced-price lunch. These students are routinely easier to teach because they come to school well-fed, well-dressed and with fewer behavioral problems.

When I listened to problems that teachers faced at C- and D-rated schools, I wondered how they got through the day, no matter how “effective” their teaching methods. It seemed to me that those teachers deserved the bonuses, not my school.

So when district administrators are tackling the evaluation problem, they should also consider giving extra points to teachers at schools with more free-and-reduced-lunch students. This problem should be addressed at the state level, not just the district level.

EDITH DAVIS, JUPITER

Ultimate control of

phone is with user

I recently read a story about parental controls for the iPhone, saying that the manufacture of the phone is to blame for children being addicted to using it for hours on end.

But where is the ultimate blame? It’s with the parent. Who gives the child the phone to keep them quiet at the dinner table when eating out or when they are in the car? What happened to being a responsible parent and interacting with your child?

I have the latest iPhone, and you will not find me constantly engaged with it. I check my stocks to see what they are doing at the start of trading, and at lunchtime I’ll take a picture if I come across something interesting. I also use it to ask my daughter a technical question in a text or phone call and to have it for an emergency while driving. I have the smallest data package that is available and I have never gone over the allotted time.

Yes, I am glad there is all this new technology that can help people do their daily chores, because now that I have to have hearing aids my new ones will work in conjunction with the iPhone to control the volume and other features that can help me to better hearing.

But in the end, it’s up to the user to control the use of the phone.

ROBERT REGA, GREENACRES

Raise a wall to stop

drivers on tracks

While waiting to exit a car rental agency, I was held in place and made to stop and wait to be processed, which everyone ahead of me had to also do. A wall, which seemed to be made of heavy metal, slowly rose from the street level to assure me, and everyone ahead of me, that we were kept in line until our turn to pass through.

This being a great stopping technique, it could be done at every intersection where we now use gates to try to hold back anyone who would try to cross railroad tracks while a train is traveling through.

Although this would present a great expense to Brightline, it is a wall that would rise right out from under the street and be an impassable blockade. It can be the answer to the problem of “stopping people before their tracks and not in their tracks.”

Just talk to the CEOs at the car rental agencies, who must protect people who leave their lots after leasing a car, and maybe they can help to get that ball rolling.

PAT VANCE, WEST PALM BEACH

Episcopalians do not

applaud in church

The letter about applauding President Donald Trump on Christmas Eve, “Mansplainer wrong, no outbursts in church” (Sunday), is absolutely correct. As a lifelong Episcopalian, I too can attest that there is no applause or theatrical demonstration in the Episcopal Church.

DONNA CANNON, WEST PALM BEACH

Leave it to God to

sort out behavior

To the born-and-raised Episcopalian:

In a few days, it will be 81 years since I was baptized (Trinity, Miami). Never in my many years of church participation have I heard of an Episcopalian referring to oneself as “born and raised.” FYI, the only phrase used to self-describe is “cradle Episcopalian,” which is the description used by one whose family has been part of the Anglican Communion for generations.

Let us go out and do the work we have been given to do and leave it to the Almighty to decide what constitutes proper church decorum.

RUTH RHEA, FORT PIERCE